poniedziałek, 8 grudnia 2014

ESCI Cuirassier 1:72

I am considering my options for new year plan. Napoleonic Skirmish! I have me my 3mm for big battles, but while such small scale allow me to fight a battle (whatever i call my 60 man bases Battalion or company i can fight different levels of massed battles) but it loose much of the flavor of the epoque. Colorful uniforms - that have to be one of constituting factor for Napoleonic period (This and certain tall fellow that gave so much fear to the English they make him a dwarf in propaganda - a vision that is here today.. This guy was taller than Wellington - swallow this vile red coated evildoers!! Vive L'Empereur).
Off course while some players take it much to seriously, i adore possibility to replicate exact uniform  of a given unit. But I hate doing miniatures i wont ever fight with (and have almost none motivation to paint more than a handful)  :)
So i came to a conclusion that i need Napoleonic Skirmish. While there are many options on the market, Sharp practice from TFL caught my attention (After trying a CoC I am TFL junkie (I ve bought 5 of their games that I am yet to play :( ).

I know that I need French. And I need some guys they will be able to take their frog off making them look completely stupid in the process. While evil red skinned British are first choice for many, lets be honest they were never a real threat to Napoleon when his star was ascending, they just gathered like vultures after his downfall to take spoils. So real question is Austrians or Russians (I think i prefer Austrians for my first opponent, although Perry retreat from Moscow line is very tempting too). Sooo main question is a scale.. I wanted this project to be as cheap as possible but I want to have pleasure playing with my miniatures. I can have less of them but funnier to paint. Thats why i decided to paint my last ESCI Cuirassier from my youth.. I get him in great Quatre Bras set around 1991. I sold the set years ago but i left me one last memory of crushing Highlanders under its hooves  (possibly 2 but i cant find the second one).

To be honest the model is great, it has detail to dream of, but the detail is fine, hard to paint, and model is gummy. paint chipped from him before i finished the painting.. SO unfortunately, while I like how the guy went I will try my luck with 28mm next. (Did I mention awesome retreat from Moscow from Perrys ?


3 komentarze:

  1. Nap skirmish souns interesting, and this cuirrassier is really nice...

  2. Paint wont flake when you prepare figure correctly: base-pin into horse belly (so legs arent too stressed), wash with detergent, wash with warm water, white glue at delicate blades, very good aero primer (not now, wait till summer!).

    Excellent painting, overall, as usually.

  3. Thanks Phil

    Thanks Umpapa
    I know, I just didn't want to bother with test miniature painted leisurely

    Preparation and hardening (and still risk) is one of the factor that keeps me from 1:72.


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